Image: Dick Colon
Phil Coale  /  AP
Dick Colon, shown walking through grave sites in October near the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla, is among the former inmates who believe boys were killed at the school.
updated 12/9/2008 5:33:01 PM ET 2008-12-09T22:33:01

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating what lies beneath more than 30 unidentified graves near a reform school where boys were abused in the 1950s and '60s.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wrote the head of the law enforcement agency Tuesday, asking authorities to determine the origin of the graves and whether any crimes were committed. The agency said it will immediately begin investigating.

A group of former inmates, now in their 60s, believe the graves contain the bodies of boys who were beaten to death at the detention center. The men say they were severely beaten when they were there.

On Monday, the men asked authorities to investigate the graves, which are marked only by white metal crosses.

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